Hello Parrot Lovers!
I am looking for a yoga teacher to join in on an incredible adventure. I have been leading very small groups of people to see birds and habitat in South Texas and NE Mexico for 12 years. Last trip, we added a daily yoga class (4 or 5 days) and it was beautifully complimentary and a wonderful experience. Even the reluctant benefited and enjoyed the classes!
Please see the trip details below in the announcement. I can pay $600 toward your trip cost. You would still be responsible for your RT airfare to Texas and the partial trip cost. This trip is a wonderful eco-tour value, even at full cost. I would love to hear from you, and am happy to answer any questions. The trip is coming up very soon (October 28), so please reply at your earliest convenience. If this isn’t for you, but you know another quality yoga teacher (or person interested in birding and taking daily yoga classes on the eco-tour) who might love to join us, please pass this announcement along! Thanks. Namaste.
Eco-tour to Rancho Los Ebanos
October 28 – November 3, 2007(actually flying out on the 4th)
We’re planning another trip to Rancho Los Ebanos, a fantastic private ranch on the Gulf Coast of Tamaulipas, Mexico, where bird watching is awesome! The tour begins in Harlingen, TX and there we visit famous refuges of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Several of us have decided to fly in and out of Laredo (arrive 12:30 PM 10/28 and depart 5:00 PM on 11/4) so that we can add birding along the Rio Grande coming and going.
We will make two or three daily field tours to see birds and other amazing flora and fauna of the Gulf Coast lowland forest including kingfishers, herons, cormorants, spoonbills and osprey on the lake and channel and many shorebirds on the coast. High on the list of many birders’ most ‘desired to see’ list are the Elegant trogon, Blue-crowned motmot, the Ferruginous pygmy owl, the Boat-billed heron, Collared forest falcon, and Squirrel cuckoo, and we have gotten good views of many of them on our visits. Raptors and other migratory species funnel through this site and are seen in incredible numbers in the fall. We will thrill to see three sympatric Amazon parrot species, Amazona oratrix (Yellow-headed), Amazona autumnalis (Red-lored) and Amazona viridigenalis (Red-headed or Green-cheeked). Red-heads are endemic to a very small territory and are highly endangered though fortunately, we often get a view of them at this site. Yellow-heads too, are now red-listed and in serious danger of extinction in the wild! We will most likely get a view of these awesome birds in their natural habitat each day of our time at the ranch.
Arturo Caso is the Los Ebanos ranch owner. He is a PhD biologist, committed to conservation and education. He has been touring scientists, birders, photographers and other interested visitors through Los Ebanos for decades. He is considered the world’s leading authority on ocelots!
The cabanas are clean and comfortable and feature local artesania. The Ebanos cooks treat us very well with tasty local cuisine (accommodating vegetarian) and there’s plenty of time for relaxing in the palapa hammocks sipping a cool cerveza! We have visited this area for over 10 years, and have never been disappointed!
The tour is an excellent value at $1199 including incredible, guided bird viewing, room & board but not airfare (RT to Laredo or Harlingen, Texas) tips, or restaurants on the road.
Limited to a maximum of 7..
SPECIAL OFFER: Groups of 3 - 7 will receive an additional discount of $50 each.
Eco-tourism is an excellent way to contribute to conservation. Your dollars and enthusiasm encourage preservation of critical habitat! Our groups have participated in repair of trees that have been ruined as nesting sites by poachers in the illegal bird trade, another significant contribution to the future of Amazons in the wild!
What a thrill to watch them “en el monte,” in the wild! Join us for a trip that you’ll never forget!
Please contact me for more information! Hope you can join us! Marie
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Los Ebanos, Tamaulipas, Mexico
October 28 – November 3, 2007